Superintendent Bruce Mathias has no way of knowing when exactly the splash
pad at Chesterton Park may be returned to service, but he’s got a plan to
make it so.
Following a week of
heavy rains, early in May, the vault containing the splash pad’s operational
systems was lifted up and out of the ground by hydrostatic pressure,
shearing the pipes below the vault right off.
While Town Attorney
Chuck Lukmann and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reach out to the splash pad’s
manufacturer--Splash Zone of Mesa, Ariz.--to discuss warranties and related
matters, Mathias himself has a “game plan,” as he reported to the Town
Council at its meeting Tuesday night.
Step 1, completed
already: Cut off electric service to the splash pad.
Step 2: Dig a
trench around the vault and dismantle the pipes.
Step 3: Backhoe the
vault out of the ground and get it out of the way.
Step 4: Pour a slab
of concrete at the bottom of the hole, “so the vault will never move again.”
Step 5: Replace and
re-connect the pipes.
But Mathias was
unable to give the council a timeline and couldn’t say when the work will be
done and the splash pad ready for use. Blame--again--the weather. “If it
keeps raining like this, who knows?” Mathias noted. “It just slows
“It’s just hard to
get in there and do the work,” O’Dell confirmed. “The ground is completely
Member Nate Cobbs,
R-4th, was curious about one thing: “Will the vendor help out with the
cost?” he asked.
“That’s in the
hands of legal right now,” O’Dell replied.
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that two more projects being
partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant
have begun: the re-pave of South 11th Street between Park Ave. and 1100N
(contract price: $279,542.25) ; and South Eighth Street from Broadway to
West Porter Ave. ($79,847). The contractor: Reith-Riely Construction
Company, which is now in the process of milling both roadways.
the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that the rain has slowed
things down somewhat but that he’s hopeful both roadways will be re-surfaced
Meanwhile, Walsh &
Kelly Inc. is set to begin two other Community Crossings paving jobs on
Monday, June 10: 100E from 1100N to 1050N ($83,218.40); West Porter Ave.
from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street ($107,755.75); and 15th
Street from Woodlawn Ave. to Washington Ave. ($115,813.60).
voted unanimously to authorize an expenditure of $42,000 from the town’s
share of the riverboat casino tax. Of that, $30,000 will be used for
sidewalk replacement, as Schnadenberg works down a three-year wish list:
along the east side of Fifth Street, from Bailey Elementary School to Grace
along the west side of Fifth Street by Westchester Intermediate School.
Street, from 740 S. Second St. to Washington Ave.
--Areas along West
Porter Ave. from Fifth Street to Eighth Street.
--East Indiana Ave.
from Wilson Street to Landman Street.
--West side of
Landman Street from East Morgan Ave. south to the alley.
--West side of
Third Street from West Porter Ave. north to the alley.
--West side of
Fourth Street from West Morgan Ave. south to Lincoln Ave.
--North side of
West Indiana Ave. from Sixth Street to 15th Street.
--East side of
South Calumet Road from East Porter Ave. to Jefferson Ave.
say that, given the heavy re-paving schedule this season, the Street
Department may not use the whole of the $30,000 or get as far down the list
as he would like, all things being equal.
$12,000 will be used to continue the trip-hazard grinding program, which is
about to finish in the Tanglewood subdivision and begin in the Golfview